Healthi Headlines - September 2016

by HealthiKids on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 6:42 AM

Wellness at Work

Practicing healthy habits are not something you can only do at home! Healthi Kids has been helping several worksites throughout the City of Rochester to think bigger about wellness for their employees. We know how important it is for kids to have healthy adult role models. That's why we are working with youth serving organizations to help create healthy work environments and habits. 

Metro Council for Teen Potential, Villa of Hope, Center for Youth Services, and Teen Empowerment have all been working to find ways for their employees to fit health in to their busy schedules at work and have come up with some creative ideas! Metro Council for Teen Potential has adopted a healthy meeting policy to make sure that healthy foods are provided at their meetings. Villa of Hope is looking into a healthy vending machine policy to make sure that nutritious snacks are available for employees. Teen Empowerment is working to revamp their kitchen space so their employees can use it to prepare healthy food. Lastly, Center for Youth Services has plans to set up exercise classes for people to attend after work.To learn more about worksite wellness contact Mike Bulger at or 585-224-3171.


Community Champions Reclaim Spaces for Play for Parking Day

Kids playing Giant Legos at Project HOPE's Parking Day!

Remember how much fun we had during Parking Day in 2015? Last Friday, September 16th neighborhood and community organizations took the celebration of Parking Day in to their own hands. Cameron Community Ministries, Phillis Wheatley Library, and Project HOPE hosted their own play days to raise awareness on how we can re-use and re-imagine public spaces. 

Cameron Community Ministries, reimagined their parking lot by creating an intergenerational playground! They opened their playground for the day, and throughout their parking lot had art stations for kids and adults to use.  Phillis Wheatley Library created a maze and playful sidewalks in their outdoor space while they hosted hula-hooping classes and free face painting. Project Hope converted a vacant lot near Conkey Avenue and Avenue A in to a space to play giant bowling, Legos, and Connect Four. The play days were held to show the City that play can happen in places other than playgrounds and parks and were featured in this news clip! To learn more about PlayROCs contact Jenn Beideman at or 585-224-3151.




September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

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Roughly 4 of every 10 (38%) children in the City of Rochester are overweight or obese. Research shows that kids who are overweight are 5 times more likely to experience obesity as adults and are at greater risk for other health problems, such as diabetes and heart disease.

Childhood Obesity Awareness Month reminds us of different ways to prevent this serious health concern. Here are some tips for promoting a healthy weight

• Eat 5 servings of fruit & vegetables daily
• Get at least 1 hour of physical activity daily
• Drink water or milk instead of soda & other sugar sweetened drinks

With kids back to school this month, keep in mind that there are a lot of healthy ideas for school fundraisers!


 Healthy Spices  Fun Walks or Runs    Picture Frames
 Game Night Book Fairs  Wrapping Paper
 Electronics Recycling   Candles Holiday Decorations
 Seeds & Bulbs  Dance-a-thon Cookbooks





For a printable version of this month's Healthi Headlines click here: September 2016.pdf

Childhood Obesity Awareness Month
healthy schools
worksite wellness
healthy fundraising

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